This is a far more weighty subject than anyone should jump into casually. So forgive me for doing just that, in a way, with a brief morning post.
For so many families, the sting of this day remains sharp and deep. And many still feel the weight of the evil that befell so many innocents at Virginia Tech at the hand of an unbalanced shooter.
I happened across this essay/sermon by Philip Yancey, who shortly after the event, addressed the students and faculty on campus after having just suffered his own near-death pain and injury in an accident.
His understanding expressed in this text of how a universe exists in which God is both good and omnipotent AND evil and pain exist might be helpful to some who make the effort to read it through.
Christians ask the same question, but like Yancey, find sufficient understanding, though “through a glass, darkly” for this life.Â And with that understanding, they don’t shake their fist at God (like more than a few of our friends) for creating a world where free will leads to lies and deceit, anger and vengeance, suffering and injustice.
As C S Lewis describes such a world, a knife could be used to spread butter on bread, but should it be used to threaten injury, it would turn into a blade of grass.
We live in a consequential world. And in it, perhaps the most astounding fact is that love and beauty abounds. And life is precious. And something is most definitely broken here.
Thank you so much for sharing this. It was very helpful to me to remember that life is precious and that there is Someone kind and good behind it all making ultimate good out of the mess here.
Thank you again for all your posts!
True for sure sir thanks for your thiughts
Exquisite photo, and a lovely post in honor of those lost at Virginai Tech.